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I'm looking at tickets from Atlanta to Bogota with a layover of 55 minutes in FLL. I was looking at different dates with a longer layover, but all their flights to Bogota have a 55-minute layover. Is it cutting too short?

I'm planning an itinerary for domestic ATL-FLL, with 4 hour 50 minute layover, then international FLL-MEX on both coach tixs on jetBlue on a Thursday in May (08:49 am arrival, 01:40 pm departure), no checked bag. I also plan to exit airport to visit a beach 25 minutes away by Uber (each way). How long can I spend time at the beach at max that allows me to arrive at the departure gate without trouble?

Does jetBlue have kiosks for self-service international check-in with passport or do I need to present one at their counter? Can this be done upon arrival or do I have to wait to do so within 4 hours of departure? Any help/ideas would be appreciated!

My other plan is to layover in MIA instead for an extra night in Mexico City, but risking short connection between two different airlines and forfeiting beach time! Which plan should I choose?

If both flights are on the same reservation you will be issued both boarding passes at check-in in Atlanta, so you won't have to check in again in Ft. Lauderdale. You'll get like 2 hours at the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. (get there like 9:30, have to leave at like 11:30)
That sounds great. Looks like this might be a better option, extra time on the beach.
Will be arriving at FLL from Houston 11am and have to connect to flight at 12:37 pm to SDQ ( Dominican Republic) Do I have enough time to go through passport control and customs?
There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. If both flights are on the same reservation all you have to do on your way to Santo Domingo is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Fort Lauderdale.
I arrive to FLL around 10pm, for an overnight layover until 11am next day. I will need to claim my baggage. After that, is there a secure waiting area in the lower level?
I fly into FLL from copenhagen with an ESTA visa waver. I need to check out my baggage and check into a spirit flight within Terminal 4. Will I be able to do this on an ESTA visa waver, or will it involve having a full US entry visa?

Thanks in advance.
Hi. I'm landing in Lima at 5:14 AM with Spirit, and my connecting flight doesn't leave until 4:35 PM to Atlanta. Is it possible to leave the airport on my long layover to walk around Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood or should I plan on staying within the airport limits. I'd love to potentially go to the beach for a few hours if at all possible. I'm a US Citizen if that makes any difference. Thank you!
i will arrive from JFK at 6.41 pm.
Will I have time to take the checked bag and take another flight (azul to VCP campinas at 20.45)?
That should be just enough time if the first flight is on-time and your bag come out quickly.
Hi! I'm flying in from Bogota into Fort Lauderdale on a JetBlue flight and should land at 4:06 PM on a Thursday.
I'm considering a SouthWest flight from FLL to Atlanta departing at 4:50. I know it'd be pushing it but I've never come back into the country through FLL. I'm a US citizen and if customs went smoothly, think I'd be able to make it? Thanks!
I am flying from Nicaragua to Dallas with spirit, but I get first to for Lauderdal, at 6 am. I know I have to customs and everything, but I am suppose to get to my other plane at 7 am. Since I don't have a bag, just my personal Items and the flight is so early in the morning, would it be possible for me to make the connection?
It's possible with no checked bags but it depends on everything going perfectly.
I want to fly affordably to Cancun from Myrtle Beach area.
Question 1 -TO Cancun we have a 42 minute layover in FLL that scares me. Can we make it with checked bags? (Spirit to FLL arrive 9:52 am; Spirit to Cancun depart 10:35 am

Question 2 - FROM Cancun we arrive in FLL at 7 pm and depart for MYR at 8:05. This is a Spirit connecting flight. Can we make it through customs with checked bag and make flight?
Both of those are very difficult connections.